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Mark Hunter faces early January deadline

By Adrian Dunn TVN Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 3:33 PM

PROFESSIONAL punter Mark Hunter has until January 7 to respond to Racing Victoria steward’s demand for additional information in the exhaustive Damien Oliver investigation. 

RV deputy chairman of stewards Rob Montgomery said the deadline had been set for Hunter to provide stewards with information associated with the Oliver betting scandal, but Hunter’s legal representatives have acknowledged the timeline.

Montgomery said that while Hunter’s solicitor had responded, stewards still had not received the information. 

Hunter has been given what Montgomery previously described as “concessions” for assisting stewards in the Oliver investigation. 

Robert Smerdon is unlikely to front the Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board until mid January. 

Montgomery said he’d been contacted by Smerdon’s lawyer Tim McHenry, who has requested some time to prepare his client’s case. 

“It’s a RAD Board matter, but I would say mid-January,” Montgomery said. 

Smerdon was charged last week for acting in a manner prejudicial to the image, interests and welfare of racing in giving Oliver the winnings from a bet the jockey placed on a race at Moonee Valley on October 1, 2010. 

Hunter asked Smerdon to deliver the winnings, believed to be about $11,000, to Oliver.

RV stewards allege that Smerdon “did not, at any relevant time, ask Hunter or Oliver, or take any step to determine, the reason or purpose for the payment from Hunter to Oliver."

Stewards said following Hunter's request, in about October or November 2010, Smerdon made arrangements with Oliver to attend his house where he handed him approximately $11,000 cash on Hunter's behalf.

Oliver was disqualified for eight months with a further two suspension added to the penalty.


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